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Flynn calls on Minister to clarify proposals for youth worker funding

27 January, 2017

Sinn Féin’s Órlaithí Flynn has reiterated her call for the DUP Education Minister to provide clarity about the funding for hundreds for youth workers across the north.

Last Friday Ms Flynn’s colleague, Fra McCann, wrote to Peter Weir seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the funding withdrawal notice. Mr Weir has failed to respond to the request.

The West Belfast candidate said:

“It has been weeks since youth groups received letters stating that funding given under the Extended Provision Youth Work programme was put on notice of withdrawal by the Education Authority.

“Peter Weir has failed to confirm that he will continue to fund these vital youth worker posts.

"He has failed to respond to a request to meet with Fra McCann on this issue and has failed to end the uncertainty and the terrible worry that youth workers are going through at this time.

“Sinn Féin has been in close contact with youth workers over the past two weeks to actively support them in resisting this decision.

“The DUP should roll back on this disgraceful notice of withdrawal of vital funding.

“It is so important that political representatives, youth workers and community organisations in Belfast and right across the north keep the pressure on the DUP to reverse this disgraceful decision.

“These youth workers carry out work which makes a huge positive difference to children’s lives in the most socially deprived communities across the north.

“This is yet another attack by the DUP on working class children in areas like the Falls, Shankill, Andersonstown, Upper Springfield, Silverstream and Twinbrook.

“Peter Weir needs to end the uncertainty around these vital posts.”

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